The Giants are doing everything they can to compete in the 60-game 2020 MLB season. At the same time, their focus is on the future.
Down on the farm, the Giants are grooming their next stars for San Francisco. Baseball America released its midseason farm system rankings, and the Giants came in at No. 14, the same spot they started the season. In a year's time, the farm system hasn't gone up or down in BA's rankings.
"Much of the top talent in San Francisco's farm system is concentrated at the lower levels -- particularly with strong recent international signing classes, led by top prospect Marco Luciano," Baseball America wrote on its Giants report. "With so much of the Giants' talent still far from being major league-ready and catcher Joey Bart getting reps at the alternate site in Sacramento, not much has changed in their system this year, though they added catcher Patrick Bailey to their top 10 prospects as a first-round pick."
Led by Luciano, an 18-year-old shortstop, the Giants have three prospects ranked in Baseball America's top 100. Luciano comes in at No. 21, followed by Bart (33) and outfielder Heliot Ramos (67). All three, along with Bailey, are training in Sacramento right now with the minor league season canceled.
In a normal year -- whatever that means in 2020 -- the Giants very well could have risen in the rankings. Big years from Luciano and Co. could have pushed the system closer, or perhaps into, the top 10 in all of baseball. But that won't happen, not yet at least.
Bart and Ramos could find their way to the big leagues this season. Luciano will take more patience, but not much. He's incredibly advanced for his age, and might force his way to the majors in the next two years or so.
While they didn't rise in the rankings right now, it needs to be stated how much the Giants' farm system has improved. As recently as Baseball America's 2019 preseason rankings, the Giants had the third-worst farm system in the game. That's a huge leap in a short span.
The Giants might not be World Series contenders right now, but their prospects certainly have them on the right path.
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Where Giants' farm system ranks in Baseball America mid-year update originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area